Zapatista News & Analysis


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As we prepare Zapatista News & Analysis, protests are raging across the US over the police murder of George Floyd, an unarmed and handcuffed African-American man in Minnesota. In a Chiapas prison, Indigenous prisoners are infected with Covid-19 and are not receiving proper medical care or medicine. In the Highlands of Chiapas, more than 3,000 indigenous people, members of Las Abejas of Acteal are facing famine in the face of Covid-19. All 3 of these heart-wrenching situations reveal the structural racism in our societies and the vicious inequalities inherent in the capitalist system. Support Anti-Racist Protestors! Support Political Prisoners and Feed the Hungry! Humanity needs a global redistribution of wealth! Humanity needs systemic change!

Our office remains closed and our events/activities are still on-hold. We continue to post relevant news and opinion articles on our Compañero Manuel Blog and our Facebook page. Both provide interesting anti-capitalist food for thought. Also, we’re making some progress with regard to presenting Waffles & Zapatismo classes online. Stay tuned for info on production. Stay safe, everyone! These are challenging times.

Zapatista News & Analysis

1. More than 3,300 on the verge of famine in Chiapas, Frayba warns– The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center warns that, in the midst of a pandemic, 3,304 members of Las Abejas of Acteal are on the verge of famine and asks for national and international civil society to make solidarity contributions to the Trust for the Health of the Indigenous Children of Mexico (FISANIM), These are the folks displaced in Chalchihuitán. Las Abejas is the campesino organization that suffered the death of 45 women, children and men due to a December 22, 1997 paramilitary attack. They are adherents to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration and members of the National Indigenous Congress (Congreso Nacional Indígena, CNI). We’ll have more on how folks in the US can contribute soon.

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2. Prison and the Pandemic– Eight indigenous prisoners in Chiapas infected with Covid-19 initiated a hunger strike and are asking for freedom. Professor Alberto Patishtán, a former prisoner himself, is counseling them. These are prisoners belonging to organizations and/or communities either adhered to, supportive of, or sympathetic to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration.

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3. Indigenous People of Palenque win suspension of the Maya Train– A Chiapas judge granted the Maya Ch’ol people of Palenque, Salto de Agua and Ocosingo, Chiapas an order temporarily suspending work on the Maya Train due to health concerns during the Covid-19 outbreak in Chiapas. Of note was the lower court’s prioritizing of the right to life. The suspension only applies to the Palenque-Escárcega stretch of the Maya Train. Although an appeals court overturned the temporary suspension, there was a hearing on May 29 for the lower court judge to decide if the suspension should be definitive. She asked for some clarifications before making a final decision.

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4. Statement of Solidarity with the Struggle against the Maya Train-The Sexta Grietas Network circulated this statement in solidarity with and at the request of the Indigenous and Popular Council of Xpujil, the CRIPX. which obtained a permanent suspension of work on the Maya Train in the municipality of Calakmul, Campeche. The CRIPX requested this solidarity statement due to ongoing threats, intimidation and pressure against those who are fighting to prevent construction of the Maya Train. The Chiapas Support Committee is one of the organizations that signed the statement.

5. Joint Pronouncement for Life. “A systemic change is necessary”This is a statement from a wide array of organizations working in Chiapas with impoverished and marginalized indigenous communities during the Covid-19 health emergency. Among the various profound understandings these organizations have is this one: “The pandemic we experience today reiterates that capitalist forms of production, in which violence, inequality and dispossession predominate, make the means for the reproduction of life precarious and diminish the possibility of living a decent life.”

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